Motherhood gives me whiplash

Justin and Ethan left for basketball practice and Alex was hunkered down doing homework so the girls and I decided to run to Costco to find the necessities we didn’t need. We were cold and bundled up in our hats and cozy coats. We blasted the heat and Taylor Swift to warm up our toes and our souls. My girls, always listening and trying to figure out the world, questioned some of the lyrics to Blank Space. Eva wanted to know if boys really only wanted love if it was torture. Scores of my own mistakes flashed through my head … Read more…

She

She’ll be eleven in two months. She doesn’t even weigh sixty pounds. She got an American Girl Doll for Christmas from Santa…yes, she still believes. And she’s about to go to middle school. The calendar tells me she’s growing up and the look in her eyes and her sometimes sassy little responses prove to me the teenage years are approaching. But I have all these questions in my head about parenting this little girl as she grows. It’s different than my first go around with Alex…maybe it’s because I’m a girl but it seems as if there are more things … Read more…

Moon chasing

I chased the moon last night. I was driving home from dance when I caught my first glimpse. It was on fire. It ripped my breath right out of my chest. When I got home I ran in and made the twins and Justin jump in the car for a better view. We drove through our neighborhood and down toward the river following it as it moved behind the trees. And I realized this is what I want from 2015…I want to chase the moon on cold winter nights wearing my cozy hat surrounded by the ones who make my … Read more…

Oh 2014…

Where did you go? I swear it was just June and I was celebrating having a summer off from packing lunches. I used to hear the clock ticking as each second passed while I sat in European History in tenth grade and now I blink and the whole day has disappeared. I watched Taylor Swift singing on New Year’s Eve and then counted down as the ball dropped at midnight. I know it’s 2015 but I’m not quite sure where 2014 went… But in this new year, I have ideas about what I want and what I want to do. … Read more…

Annie

To me, Annie’s not just a movie. I have so much of my childhood invested in those catchy tunes. I remember wearing my pink and white tank sundress and going to Broadway to see the play with my dad after a lunch at Tavern on the Green. I remember playing the record over and over and over again and then singing “Tomorrow” while I showered, rode my bike, and ran around the neighborhood. I remember seeing the movie and not liking it nearly as much as I liked the theatre production but still holding a soft spot for it. My … Read more…

Trying to capture moments

It’s that busy time of year. Who am I kidding? I say that all the time. June is the new December. Back-to-school shopping is more hectic than Christmas shopping. It’s all busy…or at least we make it busy. But during this time of year instead of running to and fro in my dreaded Honda Odyssey with my head filled with a mighty to do list, I try to be filled with intent and a little extra joy. Does it happen? Not always and sometimes it feels like not at all. But over the last few years, I’ve tried to shift … Read more…

Christmas Giveaway!

You deserve something special this holiday season, so I created a fabulous giveway along with 3 talented authors at my publishing house. One winner will receive a copy of my contemporary romance trilogy with the bonus Christmas story, The New Ever After Collection. The winner will also receive the chick-lit ebook bundle The Between Boyfriends Collection by Sarka Jonae Miller, the paranormal romance hit the Immortal Rapture Collection by Lilian Roberts, and the romantic mystery bundle by #1 best-selling author Angel Sefer, the Greek Isles Collection. That’s 12 ebooks in total! Enter after midnight on Dec. 11. Entering is easy … Read more…

Four years ago today…

Four years ago tonight, I said goodbye to my dad. I’d said goodbye to him many other times, like when he moved into his own house when I was in second grade and when he left New York for California while I was still in high school. Even though those felt like earth shattering moments, I really just said so long…farewell…I’ll see you soon. But as my aunt held the phone up to my dad’s ear for the last time four years ago, I said my final goodbye and it wasn’t eloquent. His box of journals and letters still sits … Read more…

Books on Black Friday!

In honor of Black Friday I decided to put my book on sale. But then I thought, what’s more fun than 1 book on sale? How about 8 books on sale?! So, I got together with 7 of my most talented author friends and we created this mega sale. I hope you find at least 1 book on this list you like, and don’t forget to shop for friends. All of these books can be purchased from Amazon as a gift. A Medical Affair by Anne McCarthy Strauss Is This All There Is? by Patricia Mann Deadly Secrets by Angel … Read more…

Things I could do if I didn’t drink Starbucks

If I stick to my regular, every day venti iced nonfat chai, I will spend $1635.20 on Starbucks this year. More than likely I’ll end up back at Starbucks later in the day telling myself I deserve a reward in a less calorie laden form costing somewhere around $4. If I do that a third of the year, approximately 122 days, I’ll spend another $488 and that’s assuming I am not with a Farley child who may be clamoring for a treat. Now I’ve raised my Starbucks yearly total to $2123.20. I guarantee(but I’m not checking) that it’s greater than … Read more…